Berea, Ky. – It was a sprint to the finish line for the Transylvania volleyball team, which achieved its second sweep in four matches by beating the Berea College Mountaineers 25-18, 25-16, 25-13 Tuesday night at the Seabury Center.
Transylvania improved mightily with every successive set, looking quickly comfortable in the rout of the host Mountaineers.
Following a successful weekend run in Marietta, Ohio in which the Pios took nine of 11 sets, Transylvania put together an efficient Tuesday night performance in Berea.
Transylvania enjoyed a balanced effort as 16 different players on the roster saw action Tuesday night; together, the Pioneers registered 30 kills, topped off by 12 in the third and final set, the briefest of the three played.
Sophomore right side hitter Jordan Horne led the Pioneers with a team-high eight kills, while sophomore outside hitter Taryn Glass powered six to the floor. Sophomore Hannah Talkers led the team in assists with 21 total, and added a co-team high six digs. Senior libero Marissa Coutinho and sophomore Sarah Shivley matched Talkers with six digs each.
The front line stood out for Transylvania as it recorded 17 total blocks, while holding Berea to just four. Five blocks came courtesy of freshman middle blocker Ellie Stigger, who had a solid all-around game with five kills, two aces, and three digs.
The Pioneers are back on the road this Friday as they venture to Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio for a three-match tournament. Play begins Friday, September 8 at 6:00 p.m. as Transylvania faces Otterbein University.
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